By Darcy Love
For students in the Film Production Diploma at Toronto Film School, a year and a half of learning, laughing and working all led to one moment; the final screening of the term six films. It was a bittersweet moment for us students seeing our completed projects because we saw our films projected for an audience to see for the first time, but it also marked the end of an era, our time at Toronto Film School.
The film screening night, held in early April at the Toronto Film School’s Dundas Campus, was divided into three parts, one for each section of films. The room was buzzing with anticipation as the crowd shuffled in to view the first section. Student production company Electronic Earth (operated by graduating student Sean Young), put together a large majority of the first sections work; from comedy to horror the section had a film for everyone.
The second section to be screened seemed to be the “indie” section; no single production company oversaw these films. Instead, each director had a clear voice that was different from every other. The highlighted films for me were Back to Reality– a psychedelic acid trip about what it means to be in a relationship (dir. Xiaoyu Chen), Don’t Turn Around– a short horror about a ghost in a phone (dir. Cayley Hanson), Matches– a story about the love brothers have for one another (dir. Matthew Tompkins), and Man Who Loved Flowers – a thriller based on a short story by Stephen King (dir. Darcy Love). View the trailer to The Man Who Loved Flowers here:
The third section screened was the darkest section. Student production company Metal Monster shone through in this section, producing the large majority of films; all of which were in the horror/thriller genre. It was an apt way of ending the night, the audience was able to go home with a sinking feeling of dread around any corner (a win for any horror director).
All in all the night was a perfect send off for the latest graduates of the Film Production Diploma at Toronto Film School. Their work was some of the strongest that students graduating from Toronto Film School have produced, and it won’t be long until you see some of these names in lights and maybe one day being read allowed at the Oscars.
Darcy Love is a recent graduate of the Toronto Film School’s Film Production program.